The health care system today is in shambles, but not due to lack of government intervention but due to it. Over forty years of federal mandates, regulations, wasteful subsides and artificial inflation has made the access and cost of medical care much worse. Many individuals who promote “free” health care have the best intentions at heart, but fail to realize that a centrally planned economic approach increases medical costs while rationing goods and services, ultimately decreasing the quality of care. The “Affordable Care Act” of 2010 will do nothing to decrease the costs of health care services. In fact, such services will now continue to rise at a quicker artificial rate because of such short sighted legislation, thus shifting the burden further on tax payers and society.
In Congress, I will support real legislation which will drive down prices and expand coverage of health insurance so that it may be reasonable to all. I will support legislation that empowers heath care choices to be made by patients and their doctors, not by a bureaucrat in Washington or a distant corporation with special interest ties.
The following ideas will be the focus of my health care policy;
- Preserve and expand FSA’s (Flexible Savings Accounts) and HSA’s (Health Savings Accounts).
- End federal mandates that don’t allow health insurance companies to compete with each other across state lines. With increased competition for our dollar, costs will dissipate.
- Allow Medicare patients the ability to choose options such as private insurance, managed care or HSA accounts.
- Medical Liability Reform which would encourage additional doctors to practice and drive down operating and consumer costs.
- Reform the federal regulations within the pharmaceutical industry to promote competition and less federal control.
Pro-market reforms are needed to end the decades old corporatist system we have today. Adding a new multitrillion- dollar controlled program will only continue to make health quality and costs worse, in addition to contributing to an ultimate bankruptcy.
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